Linked by David Adams on Tue 12th May 2009 16:43 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes As you may know, the global economic depression has hit the media hard, due in large part to the fact that ad rates are in the toilet. OSNews is in the same boat. Despite the fact that we still have good advertisers, our income from advertising this year will only be a fraction of what it was last year. We probably won't make enough to cover our costs. Other news sites, as they've seen revenue decrease, have responded with more, and more intrusive, advertising. We don' t want to do that. We feel we have a covenant with our readers. If you'll be respectful of our need to run ads, we'll be respectful of your need to read the site without having ads shoved down your throat. Please read on, for more discussion of our ad "covenant," and a plea for help, including a plea to all Adblock users to please unblock OSNews.
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Survial of the fittest
by kragil on Tue 12th May 2009 17:59 UTC
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I am so accustomed to an ad-free internet. I just cannot stand _any_ ads. I even use the "hide elements" adblock extension to block DIVs that mean nothing to me for the sites I visit often (safes bandwidth for everybody ;) )
I think it is better to tell you the truth that I won't disable my adblocker for anybody. What I will do is digg OSnews content etc.
I would accept a LWN.NET-like model where you pay for early access. LWN.NET seems to have no problems at the moment.

I think in this "crisis" a lot of sites without good content will just die. Only the most successful and dedicated will survive, but I don't think web will be poorer once the "crisis" is over. Just a little natural selection ;)

How much does it cost to run this website? Here in Germany hosting/bandwidth is dirt cheap. Maybe you should switch hosters. Or isn't hosting the biggest cost?

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